When you are the team or group leader and in charge with communicating with players, parents, supporters, volunteers, it can get exhausting right? What if there was one app I could use?? How about my top 5 free tools for better team communication?
Trying to be efficient since we are always strapped for time isnt always easy. Personally I love technology , so I trained my parents to use the tools I wanted to use. I have used all of these 5 at some point in time from coaching to running my businesses. Why don’t I just share them with you?
GroupMe (Android, iOS) is a social messaging app with group conversations in mind. You can create groups and add contacts by searching for them through phone numbers or email address. This is a great way to keep team conversations seperate from your facebook messenger or text. You can chat one on one or to the entire group. There’s even support for group chats over SMS, for relatives and contacts who don’t have a smartphone.
Facebook Groups are a great tool to use. As I see it the upsides are several people are on facebook already, and if you are having messenging in one app can be nice, but on the down side if not all people are on Facebook then you are looking at using two or more communication tools. Let’s assume your group likes to do phone calls or video chats, then Facebook and my next favorite will be a great choice.
Google Hangouts is my personal favorite. My 3 businesses all use Google Hangouts internally for instant messenger and video chat. Simliar to Facebook, it is even better when you are an avid Google user, because it integrates seamlessly with all of your other Google tools. Google Hangouts is a great tool for collaboration, allowing chat, images, video group chat etc.
Mailchimp is another personal favorite of mine for email, and now they have a marketing toolkit that is a huge value even if you upgrade to the cheap version. Do you currently email your group often about upcoming events, where to be, what to bring? You can style emails with images, videos, etc. You can also schedule all of these emails. Mailchimp is awesome for mailing your supporters and volunteers as well.
Team Snap is what I used when I coached my travel ball baseball team. It does EVERYTHING! You can manage your team or group with an unbelievably simple app for communication, scheduling, assignments, payment collection, photo sharing, and much more. Available on iOS, Android and the web.